The service aims to assess all older people admitted to the Trust with or at risk of cognitive problems. Referrals are only be made from within the Trust.
The service also has a role to support carers and staff within the Trust by providing information, education and specialist input to the wards. People with dementia can be admitted to hospital due to many reasons such as infections, heart failure, falls or social issues. These patients have complex needs and require specialist input.
Our team are based in The Alexandra Centre which aims to act as a centre of excellence to provide this care and raise standards across the Trust, by using an in reach / outreach service for cognitively frail in-patients. There is strong evidence that therapeutic activity, which patients can receive at the centre, and basic care can improve outcomes for those experiencing dementia. We also provide an outpatient follow up clinic for patients who have had delirium.
You can find our Alexandra Centre on the E Floor at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Matron - June Lawson
Consultant - Dr Lesley Young
Consultant - Dr Emily Lyon
Elder Life Specialist Practitioner DDOT - Claire Boylan
Pharmacist - James Hogarth